Bluesound Professional has announced the broad in-market availability of its highly anticipated suite of products for commercial streaming audio.
The announcement sees the brand’s streamers, amplifiers, speakers, controllers, and accessories hit the market ahead of the new calendar year.
“It has been satisfying to see these products make it into the warehouses of our growing distribution network,” said Graeme Harrison, Vice-President and General Manager of Bluesound Professional. “This is a huge milestone for a new brand like ours and we continue to be excited about the revolution in commercial streaming audio that we can now deliver in a fulsome way.”
At their core, Bluesound Professional products feature the established BluOS multi-zone audio content management interface, seamlessly integrated into purpose-designed hardware, creating conflict-free solutions for commercial applications.
Bluesound Professional products are designed to suit a variety of commercial use cases where audio content is used to create a nearly limitless number of branded experiences.
This includes restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, gyms, malls, and other similar spaces.
Bluesound Professional Key Product Benefits (Hardware)
In general, Bluesound Professional products include the following hardware features:
- Streamers and amplifiers fit standard racking systems, while speakers and control panels include clean-look wall mount brackets; easy-to-install
- Variety of standard inputs and outputs, including secure Phoenix connectors for balanced analog line outputs, balanced mic/line inputs, remote 12V trigger, IR, and system interrupt.
- Hardwired Gigabit ethernet (RJ 45) for reliable network connection at all times.
- Security to prevent unauthorized use of systems.
- Bluesound Professional Key Product Benefits (BluOS software platform)
All BluOS Enabled Bluesound Professional products include the following features:
- Easy-to-setup, with network discovery, device self-discovery, and guided set-up and advanced customization options; lock settings with password-protected accounts.
- BluOS Enabled, allowing for a virtually unlimited number of zones of high-resolution grouped or independent audio environments, and interoperability amongst any BluOS Enabled device within the BluOS ecosystem.
- Natively stream from SoundMachine, a music service licensed specifically for commercial use, as well as from other popular music streaming services.
- Numerous control options, including wall-mount control panel, IR remote, Windows or Macintosh computer, smart device app for iOS or Android, and drivers for use with popular control systems like Crestron and KNX, among others.
Streamers represent the most central building block of a Bluesound Professional system, augmenting new or existing installations with configurable, zoned audio streaming capabilities.
The B100S is a rack-mounted, single zone streamer, designed to be connected to either a distribution amplifier with passive speakers, or directly into powered speakers. Up to three B100S units can fit into a 1U rack space with the optional RM100 rack accessory.
B400S 4-Zone BluOS Network Streaming Player
This slim, 1U rack mounted piece can stream audio content to up to 4 zones and connected to either a distribution amplifier with passive speakers, or directly into powered speakers.
The A860 is a traditional distribution amplifier designed to be a companion to the streamers. The B160S is a 2-channel amplifier that has the network streaming benefits of BluOS built in, for a compact way to deliver audio content to a zone.
B160S BluOS Streaming Stereo Amplifier
This 2-channel amplifier has the network streaming benefits of BluOS build in, for a compact way to deliver audio content to a zone. With the optional rack accessory, RM160, up to 6 B160S units can fit into a 3U rack space.
Bluesound Professional speakers are entirely unique, carrying what is essentially a B100S BluOS Network Streamer in each unit, making them among the most versatile pieces in the brand’s portfolio of products. With source selection, playback controls, and grouping all done via software, and amplification and DSP inside the speaker cabinet, each speaker becomes an all-in-one solution for audio distribution, completely bypassing the need for a system head in smaller installations.
BSP125 Compact Powered Streaming Speaker
Featuring a 3.5” (89 mm) low-frequency driver and a 1” (25.4 mm) high- frequency driver, the award-winning BSP125 is a 25 watt, efficiently amplified speaker with built-in DSP to allow for equalization and other audio processing.
It is also BluOS Enabled, meaning it will connect to network-accessible music sources and communicate with other BluOS devices on the same network.
With surprisingly robust response across the frequency range (45 Hz – 20 kHz) for its size and a THD+N rating of 0.003% at full-rated power, the BSP125 is a versatile, premium sounding speaker for any commercial installation.
Available in black or white, the BSP125 can be placed on a shelf or mounted to a ceiling or wall using an optional bracket.
BluOS Controller App
Bluesound Professional products can be controlled with the free BluOS Controller app for Windows and Mac desktops, and for iOS and Android smart devices as well as from many third-party control systems.
With an intuitive interface and rich customization options, BluOS Controller offers convenient and nuanced system control.
CP100 Wall Mount Controller
For those who prefer working with hardware controls, the CP100 is a low-profile, wall-mounted, illuminated touch-sensitive controller. With a variety of international backboxes and powered by PoE, it is easy to install and connect to a network to control Bluesound Professional devices.
The controller can be locked to protect against unintended or unauthorized use.
This accessory makes it easy to place up to 3 x B100S devices into a 1U rack space, with cable management and blanks, for a clean and expandable installation.
RM160 Rack Mount Accessory for the B160S
For maximum versatility and space efficiency in a system head, the RM160 allows up to 6 x B160S devices into a 3U rack space, with cable management and blanks for a clean and expandable installation.
At the system head
A Bluesound Professional streamer, like the B400S 4-Zone BluOS Network Streaming Player, can be added to the system head and connected to an existing distribution amplifier and speaker configuration.
The streamer would be connected to the network and either via the BluOS Controller app or a Bluesound Professional hardware controller like the CP100, the system can then access a variety of streaming music options.
At the end-point
The decentralized way in which the Bluesound Professional products are designed means that without making changes to the system head, streaming music can be achieved with the addition of BluOS Enabled end points like the BSP125, a powered speaker that houses advanced processing capabilities.
Simply run power and an ethernet connection to the speaker and through the BluOS Controller app or the CP100, the user can have full control of streamed audio content.